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A member of the mint family and native to Mediterranean areas, Hyssop officinalis is an aromatic, bushy, perennial herb growing to a height of about 60 cm. The dark green, narrow leaves have a slightly bitter, sage - minty taste and used sparingly will add flavour to soups, stews and fatty meats. The small, blue flowers produced in late summer are not only a lovely feature and can be used as a garnish in salads, but double up as a bee and butterfly attractant, making hyssop a wonderful companion plant.


How to grow hyssop in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny position in the garden.
  2. Turn the soil over well and incorporate Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser to provide slow release nutrients to the plants as they establish.
  3. Remove the plants from their containers, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  4. Backfill with enriched soil, gently firming down. Water in well afterwards.
  5. After the initial water, water the plants regularly until they establish.
  6. Feed in spring and autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser to promote healthy foliage, strong root development and abundant flowers.    

 

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How to grow hyssop in a pot

  1. Choose a sunny position outdoors.
  2. Fill a pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter as this has been specially formulated to suit these plants.
  3. Remove the plants from their containers, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  4. Position the plant in the centre of the pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well afterwards.
  5. After the initial watering, water the plants regularly allowing the plants to dry out slightly until the next watering.
  6. Feed in spring and autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser, but if the pots are located close to living areas, apply Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food instead.  Fertilise every 2 weeks  to promote healthy foliage growth, strong root development and abundant flowers.    

 


Growing Tips

  • After flowering, prune the shrub lightly to encourage a more compact habit.
  • For a constant supply of this herb, replace this plant every five years by propagating seed or cuttings.
  • Plant near, but not too close to these plants as this herb’s aromatic scent is reputed to repel white cabbage moth and flea beetles.

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